Barry’s Big C Race Day Tips

Loskop is Lekker



heroes are born each year at the Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon. This year
Zimbabwean Tabitha Tsatsa stole the show, smashing the eight-year-old women’s
record in a time of 3:14.37, just under three minutes faster than the 3:17:31
set by Paulina Phaho in 2004. That earned Tabitha a R100 000 incentive for
breaking the record! “I was planning to do it from the start, and when I
reached the 41km point, I knew I could do it!” said Tabitha, who added that she
loved the route’s up and downhills.


the men’s race, Rustenburg’s Phillip Molefe took line honours in 2:46:07. “I
came to run around three hours, so I’ve done well!” he said after the race. “I
knew I could challenge the guys on the last hill and knew I could win it from
that point.” Phillip is enthusiastic about running Comrades after his win and
is motivated to continue doing well: “I have my son’s name on my shoes and
every time I run, I’m reminded of him and my family. This has made me more


one of the country’s most popular ultras, the Loskop never disappoints when it
comes to organisation and atmosphere. A field of 3 500 runners took on the
50km ultra this year, and as usual, the splendid finish at the Loskop Dam
attracted a big crowd of local support. The runners, after collecting their
medals and goodie bags, had a swim, danced to the live music and enjoyed a
braai with family, friends and club mates. As they say, Loskop is lekker!



Modern Athlete was at the
finish line to ask runners how their Loskop run went.


John Mathete: “The route
was very good, but the last hill up near the finish was very difficult for me –
but I will do it again because it’s so well organised!”

Jackoline Nel: “Loskop is
well organised and a great training run for Comrades! This is my last long run
before Comrades. The uphills were tougher than I thought, but I prefer the ups
in short bursts.”


Paipai Malatji: “The route
is quite tough on my legs. I’m not used to uphills, for sure, but it’s much
better than a normal flat route. This is my fifth Loskop and I keep coming back
because it’s so well organised and its quite fun before and after!”


Jarred Lloyd: “I think my
run went well. I didn’t walk once! This is my sixth year at the race and for
me, it’s the best in the country, and it definitely has the greatest vibe!”


Yousuf Omar: “The climbs
were fantastic, but it was tough at the last stretch! I cramped up a little,
but I kept going! The scenery is amazing and we even saw monkeys on the road!
You can definitely get your momentum going!”




1 Phillip Molefe (Rustenburg)

2 Phahlale Mohloli (Mr
Price/Lesotho) 2:47:07

Joseph Mphuthi (Toyota)


1 Tabitha Tsatsa (Mr
Price/Zimbabwe) 3:14:37

2 Lizih Chokore
(Nedbank/Zimbabwe) 3:23:01

Muchaneta Gwata (Mr Price/Zimbabwe) 3:24:58


1 Elmore Sibanda (Zimbabwe)

2 Othaniel Phahlane (Nedbank)

Collin Parura (Nedbank/Zimbabwe) 1:11:43


1 Melanie Van Rooyen (Canon Richards
) 1:26:21

2 Chiyedza Chokore (Mr
Price/Zimbabwe) 1:31:35

Ndofhiwa Mandiwana (Bidvest) 1:32:49